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By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In this gripping novel, Saint-Exupéry tells in regards to the courageous males who piloted evening mail planes from Patagonia, Chile, and Paraguay to Argentina within the early days of business aviation. Preface by means of André Gide. Translated through Stuart Gilbert.

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He was once contemplating the fog he could stumble upon towards Porto Allegre. “I’ve made my plans. i do know precisely the place to show. ” He nonetheless used to be bending down, breathing in deeply like a guy approximately to plunge, bare, into the ocean. “You don’t even appear to brain it! How lengthy will you be away? ” she requested. per week or ten days, he couldn’t say. “Mind it? ” Why may still he? All these towns, plains, and mountains.... In freedom he was once going out to beat them. In below an hour, he idea, he could have annexed Buenos Aires and tossed it apart! He smiled at his innovations. This city ... it is going to quickly be left in the back of. It’s nice beginning out at evening. One opens out the gasoline, dealing with south, and ten seconds later swings the panorama roundabout, heading up north. the city appears like the ground of the ocean. She considered all a guy needs to lay apart to overcome. “So you don’t like your place? ” “I do like my domestic. ” yet his spouse knew that he was once already on his manner or even now his solid shoulders have been urgent up opposed to the sky. She pointed to the sky. “A positive evening. See, your street is paved with stars! ” He laughed. “Yes. ” She rested her hand on his shoulder and its wet heat disquieted her; did a few risk threaten this younger flesh of his? “I understand how robust you're, but—do take care! ” “Of path I’ll take care. ” Then he all started dressing. For the get together he selected the coarsest, roughest materials, the heaviest of leather—a peasant’s equipment. The heavier he grew, the extra she favorite him. Herself she buckled his belt, helped to tug his boots on. “These boots pinch me! ” “Here are the others. ” “Bring a twine for my emergency lamp. ” She checked out him, set to rights the final flaw in his armor; all fell into position. “You glance ultimate. ” Then she spotted that he was once conscientiously brushing his hair. “For the advantage of the celebrities? ” she puzzled. “I don’t are looking to suppose outdated. ” “I’m jealous. ” He laughed back and kissed her, urgent her to his heavy clothing. Then he lifted her from the floor among his outstretched palms, like a bit woman, and, giggling nonetheless, deposited her at the mattress. “Go to sleep! ” He close the door in the back of him and, passing among the indistinguishable people of evening, took step one towards his conquests. She remained, unfortunately those plants and books, little pleasant issues which intended for him not more than the ground of the ocean. XI Rivière greeted him. “That’s a pleasant trick you performed on me, your final journey! You grew to become again notwithstanding the elements reviews have been stable. you will have driven via okay. obtained the finally end up? ” shocked, the pilot discovered no solution. He slowly rubbed his fingers one at the different. Then, elevating his head, he appeared Rivière within the eyes. “Yes,” he spoke back. Deep in himself Rivière felt sorry for this courageous fellow who have been afraid. The pilot attempted to give an explanation for. “I couldn’t see a specific thing. without doubt, additional on ... maybe ... the radio said.... yet my lamp used to be getting vulnerable and that i couldn’t see my arms. i attempted turning on my flying-light in order to spot a wing anyways, yet I observed not anything. It was once like being on the backside of a major pit, and no getting out of it.

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